The Color of Water Summary
James McBride (writer)

Everything you need to understand or teach The Color of Water by James McBride (writer).

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  • 180 Multiple Choice Questions
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The Color of Water Overview

The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother is an autobiography by James McBride. The book chronicles the hardships endured by his mother, Ruth, a white Jewish woman. Her choice to marry a black man in 1942 during the height of segregation resulted in a variety of challenges. The 8th of 12 twelve children, James struggles to find himself through a barrage of drugs, alcohol, and the death of his father and step-father. He eventually begins to research his mother’s mysterious past, and in turn, discovers some clarity regarding his own life.

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